UPDATE: DePauw Targets National Tech Prominence

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Berque has been with DePauw since 1992. Berque has been with DePauw since 1992.

The dean of academic life at DePauw University believes a $10 million donation and more emphasis on technology will help make the school a leader among its liberal arts peers. Dave Berque, who is also a professor of computer science, says the gift from an unnamed donor shows the university is "in it for the long-haul."

"This is not going to be a one-year initiative that just sort of fades away," said Berque. One example is a series of new course offerings that will be created to bolster the tech focus of majors throughout the Greencastle campus.

The funding will support the launch of the Technology Center and Visualization Laboratory and create a new campus-wide position focused on developing technology programming. DePauw says help students who graduate be "substantially more proficient" in computing and technology and technology skills than peers from other schools.

The donation is part of the $300 million Campaign for DePauw, launched in 2014, which currently stands $45 million shy of its goal.

Berque says the university is in position to help shape graduates to be skilled and be leaders in the central Indiana technology scene and other markets throughout the country.

In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Berque says DePauw aims to produce graduates that can integrate technology skills all across "other domains."
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